Welcome to the WoES PTA Website! 
The goal of this site is to provide the parents and caregivers of the children attending Worthington Elementary School, up-to-date information on events and activities associated with the PTA and our school.


SCHOOL NEWS

MATH NIGHT:
Worthington will celebrate Math Night on Tuesday, January 29, 2019 from 6:30-8:00 PM. There will be special activities for students, a guest speaker, make and take station, and estimation activities. Hope to see you there!

ATTENTION 5TH GRADERS:
EMMS will host an information night for incoming 6th graders on Tuesday, January 15, 2019 at 7:00 PM. 

TALENT SHOWCASE:
Join us Friday, February 1, 2019 from 6:30-8:30 pm at the School Cafeteria for our WoES Talent Night. Snow Date:  Friday, February 8th, 2019.

2019 RULES:
  • If music is needed, the music file (mp3) MUST be emailed to worthingtontalentshow@gmail.com by 1/23/2019.
  • Performance length is limited to two minutes exactly or less, NO exceptions!
  • Students can only be in ONE act/performance
  • Students must be 2nd-5th graders: Due to anticipated popularity of this event, we’ll need to fit performances into the allotted time.
  • To ask questions or volunteer, email us at:  worthingtontalentshow@gmail.com

ORDER YOUR YEARBOOK: 
The WoES staff is working hard on this year's yearbooks. They are available through online ordering ONLY. Order yours ONLINE at strawbridge.net and use ONLINE Code: 101341. Cost is $20 per yearbook. Orders due by April 26, 2019.

Looking for something fun to do before and after the WoES school day? How about drama, karate, science, chess, or newspaper, all conveniently hosted at WoES? 

Check back after the new year to sign up for the WoES before and after school programs.


 
WOES PTA POSITIONS AVAILABLE: Our very active PTA needs your help!  Please take a look at the open positions below and consider filling one of these roles.  If interested, please contact Ginny Peralta at worthingtonptapresident@gmail.com.

End of Year Celebration Event Coordinator: Are you an event planner at heart? Every year, we try to coordinate a movie night, picnic, or something super fun to celebrate the end of the school year. You would be the one in charge!

Silent Auction Helpers: Our BINGO event is one of the most attended each year and the silent auction is a huge moneymaker for the PTA.  Our silent auction coordinator needs a few hands to help solicit items for the baskets, put the baskets together, and help with the actual silent auction.


FOLLOW/LIKE US 
Be in the know!  Join our WoES PTA Facebook Page to stay up on activities and events.  


STAY CONNECTED
 WoES Facebook   WoES YouTube  WoES Twitter

LOCAL BUSINESSES:

Do you own or work for a local business?  The Worthington Elementary School PTA would like to work with you to promote your business while assisting us with the many fun events we host throughout the year.  We are also looking for a business partnership with a printing/copying company. Contact worthingtonptapresident@gmail.com for more details. 




COMMUNITY NEWS

COMMUNITY OUTREACH: Please consider donating school supplies to children in Howard County.  Please fill the box by the front office. Pencils, notebooks, crayons, etc. Thank you for supporting those in need! Questions? kristinduda1@hotmail.com.

INTERESTED IN SCOUTING:
 
Boy Scouts: Join Pack 495 Worthington Cub Scouts! Come join in the fun. Any grade level can participate. Contact Robert Hooten at hootenbuilds@gmail.com or 443-802-9864.
Girl Scouts: Anyone interested in joining a troop, either already formed or starting a brand new one, contact Laura Diaz at gscookietroop@gmail.com.


FITNESS IS FUN: At THE OKINAWAN KARATE DOJO, students become focused, more respectful, and skilled with sound self-defense basics!!For more information, call 443-574-8999 or visit www.okdkarate.com.

WEATHER GUIDELINES: Exercise outdoors is healthy and is strongly encouraged. It provides a break from the regular school routine, a chance to get some outside air, and an opportunity to run off excess energy. If conditions preclude the full recess time, even a five-minute break can revitalize children and prepare them for more sitting and academic learning. Children are expected to wear warm clothing to protect them during cold weather when participating in recess or outside activities. 
The decision to go out or stay in for recess is the decision of the Administrator at individual schools. However, the following are to be considered in determining if recess is to be held outside:
Temperature and wind chill
Age of students
Length of time outdoors
Adequacy of the children’s clothing
Condition of the playground
Falling precipitation (more than a sprinkle or mist)

Generally, it is assumed that students will be outside for recess when the temperature combined with the wind chill is not less than 20 degrees Fahrenheit. Children with certain health conditions may need special accommodations during extremely cold weather. Parents of those children should provide medical documentation and may be consulted to determine if other arrangements are necessary.












Wednesday, February 13, 2019
7PM WoES



ATTENDANCE: 
We strive to keep accurate attendance records for all students.  When a student is absent from school, the absence is coded "absent" without a reason. When a note is provided by parents, the absence is then coded with the reason. The following are examples of codes/reasons for absences entered in our system: illness, appointment, parent discretion. We have many students that have unexcused absences. IF your child has been absent and you have not provided a note, this is an unexcused absence.  Please send in a note stating the reason for the absence as soon as possible, and the absence will be properly coded. 

*** PLEASE NOTE *** Rate of chronic absenteeism is being calculated by The Maryland State Department of Education for our “School Report Card” being released last week.  Absenteeism is closely monitored and we will be following the county expectations for monitoring this data.  For any students exceeding 15% absenteeism (excused or unexcused), parents will receive a letter from the school per our county expectations. We encourage families to take vacations during set times off from school as designated from the HCPSS calendar. 


  

Please contact Ms. Alisha Coleman, Health Assistant or Ms. Stacey Naecker, School Nurse at 410-313-2575.


COLD & FLU SEASON: As cold and flu season begins, many parents struggle with whether to send their child to school when they are not feeling well.  Although school attendance is an important part of academic success, there are times when it is best to keep your child home to speed their recovery and to prevent spreading germs to the others. The following guidelines will help you decide whether your child is too ill to go to school.
• If your child has a fever over 100°, keep them home until they are fever free for 24 hours without any medication.
• If your child is experiencing vomiting and/or diarrhea, keep them home until they are no longer experiencing vomiting/diarrhea.
• RED EYES- ESPECIALLY IF THERE IS ALSO DRAINAGE OR CRUSTING AROUND THE EYE -this may mean your child has conjunctivitis, also known as pink-eye.  Although not all conjunctivitis is contagious, a physician should examine your child to determine if they are contagious and when they may return to school.
• EARACHE, HEADACHE, SORE THROAT– If your child is experiencing distracting pain, it is best to keep them home in order to manage their pain and see a physician.

When to Contact the Health Room:  Please notify the health room if your child has been treated for strep throat, chicken pox, flu, an injury or head lice. This information is kept confidential.  The health room uses this information to keep your child and the school community safe and healthy.

For more information, please contact the Health Room or check out these resources from the Centers for Disease Control:
  • http://www.cdc.gov/flu
  • http://www.cdc.gov/parasites/lice/head/prevent.html
  • http://www.cdc.gov/healthyschools/health_and_academics
 











PTA NEWS
STAY IN THE KNOW...DOWNLOAD 'REMIND' TODAY: 
The Worthington PTA is piloting the use of Remind to help remind you of PTA related information (i.e upcoming events/deadlines, spirit days, community outreach efforts/needs, etc.) Remind is an app that allows you to receive messages from the PTA via push notification, text and/or email – you can choose how you’d like to receive your messages in the account settings. To join, please download the free Remind app in your device- appropriate app store.  You will then join a class - our class name for this school year (2018-19) is gperaltaPlease note that messages will be sent from the PTA, not the school.  You should still watch your email carefully and diligently for school-sent information.

BOX TOPS FOR EDUCATION: WoES is a participant in the program, www.boxtops4education.comPlease visit the website for information on the 100’s of eligible products. 
We will have multiple collection dates throughout the school year.  Please be on the lookout and send in the Box Tops with your child.  

PTA MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE: Be your student's hero. . . Join the PTA and donate today! The Worthington PTA organizes cultural arts events, class celebrations, and social events for all Worthington students. Your donation funds these events, and gives you a voice in monthly meetings with the Worthington administration. Join today at www.worthingtonpta.com.

PARENT VOLUNTEER PROCEDURES: Parents who are asked to chaperone field trips or wish to volunteer must complete a brief training course online and submit a certificate of completion to the school.  Visit HERE to complete the training and receive your certificate.





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WORTHINGTON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

4570 Roundhill Road    Ellicott City, MD 21043
Phone: (410) 313-2825     Fax: (410) 313-2829

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